Here’s an easy little lesson on making fabric yarn from your scraps by Mom of Simply Notable!
Like many craft supplies, fabric can be expensive. Not only do I love the look of scrappy type projects, I’m also frugal. In pursuit of stretching my crafting dollars as far as they will go, this is how I transform my scraps into a useful fabric yarn:
1. Cut your scraps into 1.5 inch strips. It doesn’t matter how long they are, although I personally won’t go to the trouble on strips that end up shorter than 4 inches. Otherwise, you’re making an awful lot of seams and being rewarded with very little length. You decide, but I recommend weeding out the shorter strips for other scrap projects.
2. Iron the strips in half, lengthwise. This is a nice mindless project you can undertake while watching TV or listening to an audio book. I like to iron them right after cutting and gather them into a basket for sewing together at another time.
3. Sew the strips together end to end with right sides together. Finger fold each seam outward.
4. Roll up the strips into a ball as you go:
5. Now make stuff! Fabric yarn lends itself especially well to crochet. Here’s a pattern for a Yarn Bowl I created for Simply Notable. I’ll bet you can think of a dozen more things to make with this colorful yarn.
Happy scrappy stitching!
terry holland says
When I was in my early years learning how to knit and sew I would purchase enough material to tear strips about a 1/4 in wide and as long as the yardage of the fabric, at the end of piece I would tie it together, rolled it into a ball and knit a sleeveless top. with the remainder of the material I made a skirt placing seam down the back, and elastic at the waist. You would be surprised at the results of the knitted top with the skirt made with same fabric, gives such a contrasting look. I might try this again almost 15-20+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ yrs later,
Margaret Semple says
I would like to see a picture of your finished products. Sounds adorable.
Margaret, you can view what my mother in law made at the link above for “Fabric Bowl”.